NieR Replicant Remaster Ver.1.22474487139 - Shadowlord Final Boss Guide

Shadowlord final boss guide for Nier Replicant Remaster. Included are the areas the bosses are encountered, attack gauge points, attack patterns, behavior, strategy to beat them, and rewards in the remake.

Nier Replicant Remaster - Shadowlord Final Boss Guide

Shadowlord Final Boss Guide

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Area Encountered The Shadowlord’s Castle (Second Route)
Attack Gauge Points

Boss Guides List


Attack Details Countermeasure
Four-hit Sword Combo Strikes with his sword four times. Guard, Run to the side, or dodge behind him.
Jumping/ Aerial Ground Stab Leaps into the air to perform a jumping stab towards the target.

Performs this move to get back on the ground after shooting Dark Lance in the air.

Run or dodge to the side.
Rising Slash Moves below on the ground toward the target before reemerging with a powerful rising sword slash. Dodge away at the moment he emerges from underneath.
Dark Lance Charges the Sealed Verse before firing Dark Lance at a vertical or horizontal pattern. Will also perform the attack as a follow up to rising slash when he is still in the air. Run or dodge to the side. Can be interrupted using a thrust attack with a spear when he starts casting them.
Dark Pillars (Second Phase) Shoots multiple orbs that turn into pillars of dark energy toward the target. Used while airborne. Run or dodge to the side. Note that it is possible to dodge through the large gap in the row of pillars with good enough timing.
Dark Pillars – Outward (Second Phase) Sprouts wings before slowly rising to the air and releasing dark pillars around him. Run or dodge to the side.
Aerial Strike (Second Phase) A quick sword strike while airborne toward the target on the ground. Run or dodge to the side.
Orb Barrage (Third Phase) Fires waves of orbs at you form the other end of the room. Destroy the orbs with your weapon.


First Phase

The final showdown against the Shadowlord will begin immediately after you take down Grimoire Noir. A good tactic against him when fighting up close is to equip a spear and bait him into throwing out his four-hit sword combo. Guard against the first three strikes and time your dodge to get behind him when he swings the fourth slash. Immediately do a thrust to knock him down and unload on him before he gets up.

Be on guard at all times since the Shadowlord can also do a jumping slash toward you to close the distance and knock you down. He will also regularly cast Dark Lance which can be avoided if you stay on the move during the fight. You can also perform a dash attack using a spear the moment you see him charge the spells to knock him down.

When the boss disappears from sight, time your dodge away from him as his shadow creeps from underneath you to avoid his rising slash and remain airborne. Shadowlord will then shoot Dark Lance at you which you can avoid by running away or to the side and will come down with a ground stab move. When the attack gauge appears, unload on the boss with melee attacks to trigger a cutscene.

Second Phase

For the second phase of the fight, the Shadowlord will go into the air and begin firing orbs that turn into pillars of dark energy. When he is airborne, fire Dark Blast or Dark Lance at him to damage him. He will eventually land by performing a quick aerial sword strike and do his usual sword combos so time your dodge for the last hit and retaliate again before he recovers. When you manage to reduce his health even by just a but, another cutscene will play.

Third Phase (Final)

For the third and final phase, you will need to reach the Shadowlord and hit the attack gauge on him from the other side of the area. He will fire different patterns of orb projectiles at you which you can destroy with your weapon or dodge through to avoid getting hit. Hit the attack gauge three times to finally defeat him.

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